Return To Heartbreak RidgeReturn To Heartbreak Ridge is the story of a sons' search for his fathers' past, and a series of letters received from Korean War Veteran SFC Seymour "Hoppy" Harris, a gunner with Company H, 23d Infantry Regiment, 1951. It is a complex story.
Warning: Strong language, pejorative terms, and honesty.
I Remember The Snow
I was telling you by phone that I arrived at Chip-yong-ni from the 2nd Division rear on the 13th of February, 1951. Last night it was snowing, and I was looking out the window of the trailer. My mind flashed back to that ride to Chip-yong-ni.
I recall we came up on a truck loaded with some sort of supplies, to this day I have no idea what those supplies were.
One thing I vividly recall is how cold it was. It is down around zero, but God only knows what the wind chill factor was riding in those trucks. The wind went through our seven layers of clothing like we had nothing on. And I mean those trucks really cut loose up that road. The only time we stopped, we barely had time to relieve ourselves and we'd be off like the hounds of hell were after us.
Now I can't be sure, but it seems to me there were about twenty of so of us going up as replacements.
Another thing I do recall that might tell you something is the way the MP's along the road kept yelling at our drivers.
"Hurry up! Hurry up! Don't stop!" and giving the arm signal that meant hurry.
When we arrived at Chip-yong-ni I remember how surprised everyone was to see us.
"How the hell did you get up the road?"
Then they told us that we were surrounded. We couldn't believe it.
The thing you have to remember is that Colonel Freeman was ordered to hold at Chip-yong-ni, not withdraw. We were being driven south again, and this was to be the end of the road, no turning back.
It may sound like a stupid cliche, but it was "Stand and Die." We were never pushed south again.
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